Friday, August 17, 2012

Insane Clown Posse and the FBI

In 2011, the FBI released a report describing fans of the Insane Clown Posse (known as Juggalos) as "a loosely organized hybrid gang . . . rapidly expanding into many U.S. communities."  The report goes on to detail crimes committed by Juggalos as "sporadic, disorganized, individualistic and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft and vandalism."  Further, according to the FBI "a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more ganglike criminal activity, like felony assaults, thefts, robberies and drug sale."

Members of the Insane Clown Posse are taking issue with the FBI and its report.  "Saying they've gotten complaints from fans about police harassment" the group members have "hired counsel to pursue a possible lawsuit against the FBI for classifying its fan base as an emerging gang.  The Insane Clown Posse announced that it was seeking fan reports of incidents of harassment promising that such incidents will be "reviewed by our legal team--at no charge to you."

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